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During this period a section of the British Press was expressing
their dissatisfaction with the * unreasonable * Polish Government, who
was * provoking the Soviet's anger/ and when they were attacking the
figures of their imagination whom they termed the ' Polish Quislings * in
London. Yet at the same time Lord Halifax, the man who had signed the
Anglo-Polish Treaty in 1939 for Britain, and who, as it was to be observed,
did not follow the fluctuations of Churchill's Government on this matter,
was speaking according to the letter and spirit of the Treaty. On May 9,
in Chicago, he said :
" When the mechanised might of Germany by land and air was hurled
on Poland^ Polish military power went down before the overwhelming
weight. There was but little that we were able to do, but we had given
Poland our word. We did not go back on it then and we are not going
back on it now.
cc To-day, however, there is a Polish Government on British soil, and
Poles are lighting side by side with us on land and sea and in the air. The
time will surely come when Poland will again take her rightful place among
the free nations of the world. That is not merely an act of justice we owe
to Poland. It is also a duty we owe to the cause of peace. We can hope
for no secure or settled peace until Poland has been reborn."